Featured Photographer: Tigre Escobar

Tigre Escobar graduated from the University of Miami in 2005. While studying art history one of his professors introduced him to the wonders of color photography by claiming to see some special talent in him. That was Tigre’s beginning for creating brilliant images. Tigre’s imagery shows a great sensitivity to light, colour and an elegant sensuality.

You studied History of Art at the University of Miami. How did you become involved in photography?

Tigre: I was taking a painting course at

the time, when my professor suggested I take a photography class. She simply thought I had a gift for colour reading that could make me a photographer instead of a painter. I had no idea I could paint with photographs, it was a feeling of instant satisfaction that made me fall in love with photography.

FAULT: You have lived in some of the greatest cities in the world from Madrid, London, Paris and Miami. Do you have a favourite?

Tigre: They all represent different parts of my life.

It’s very difficult to choose a favourite, each of them has a particular sense of photography and they all offer a fantastic scenario to shoot at some

point of the year. I try to work in all as much as possible, though, Paris is my home for now.

Tigre Escobar

FAULT: Are you inspired by your surroundings?

Tigre: I have to be, there is so much information all around and you need to be able to find inspiration anywhere. Though, (and I am quoting from something I read from Mark Rothko)

“The only way to find real inspiration is by being out there working.” Your surrounding can be inspiring, but you need to be shooting to make sure you do something with that.

FAULT: Do you have an all time favourite photographer?

Tigre: Mr. William Eggleston has been a constant reminder of why I chose colour, and how I conceive the graphic composition of my images. I remember finding one of his books when I was in college. I was immediately seduced by his use of colour, by the presentation of his subjects, by the intrinsic beauty of his images.

FAULT: How would you describe your style?

Tigre: I think there is a cinematic quality to my images. I try to create a visual narrative in my stories. My style is honest and my images are clean, full of attitude and personality.

FAULT: How do you prepare for a fashion shoot?

Tigre: I do a lot research. I simply sit in front of this for hour’s www.unfaithful2me.tumblr.com.

FAULT: When shooting Portraits, how do you bring the best out in your subject?

Tigre: I try to let the person I am photographing show me the way. Many people are not use to standing in front of a camera. I

tried to understand what they do, what they are good at, I allow them to feel comfortable and secure in their surroundings.

FAULT: Is there anything or anybody you would love to photograph?

Tigre: There are so many amazing women that I would love to photograph. There are some in particular that have been in my aesthetic conception for a while. They simply evoke the type of women that I try to portray in my images. For example, Sienna Miller, Natalie Portman and Lindsey Lohan all have this sophisticated and provocative beauty that I would love to capture in my work. Also, have to mention Cindy Crawford, Heidi Klum, and Naomi Campbell, some of the icons I grew up with, and the women who are behind my chosen career path in fashion photography.

Tigre Escobar

FAULT: What can we expect from you in 2011?

Tigre: I will be working in Los Angeles from the middle of August 2011 until Dec 2011 or so. I am looking forward to shooting some new stories .I will try and stay there as long as possible. The vision of my work, the natural light, the cinematographic aspect of my photographs can burst with new projects in the city of Angels.

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